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The New CSS Layout - dotCSS

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An 18 minute version of my new CSS Layout material for dotCSS in Paris.

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The New CSS Layout - dotCSS

  1. 1. The New CSS Layout Rachel Andrew, dotCSS 2015 https://www.flickr.com/photos/jbushnell/2065201895
  2. 2. A new system for layout • CSS Grid Layout • Flexbox • Box Alignment Level 3
  3. 3. The new CSS for Layout • Items in our layouts understand themselves as part of an overall layout. • True separation of document source order and visual display. • Precise control of alignment - horizontally and vertically. • Responsive and flexible by default.
  4. 4. Items in our layouts understand themselves as part of a complete layout.
  5. 5. http://alistapart.com/article/fauxcolumns
  6. 6. http://colintoh.com/blog/display-table-anti-hero
  7. 7. Flexbox Full height columns with flexbox, taking advantage of default alignment values. .wrapper { display: flex; } .sidebar { flex: 1 1 30%; } .content { flex: 1 1 70%; }
  8. 8. Grid Layout Full height columns in CSS Grid Layout. .wrapper { display: grid; grid-template-columns: 30% 70%; } .sidebar { grid-column: 1; } .content { grid-column: 2; }
  9. 9. Separation of concerns
  10. 10. Flexbox The flex-direction property can take a value of row to display things as a row or column to display them as a column. nav ul{ display: flex; justify-content: space-between; flex-direction: row; }
  11. 11. Flexbox The visual order can be switched using row- reverse or column-reverse. nav ul{ display: flex; justify-content: space-between; flex-direction: row-reverse; }
  12. 12. Flexbox Adding display: flex to our container element causes the items to display flexibly in a row. .wrapper { display: flex; }
  13. 13. Flexbox The order property means we can change the order of flex items using CSS. This does not change their source order. li:nth-child(1) { order: 3; } li:nth-child(2) { order: 1; } li:nth-child(3) { order: 4; } li:nth-child(4) { order: 2; }
  14. 14. Grid Layout I have created a grid on my wrapper element. The grid has 3 equal width columns. Rows will be created as required as we position items into them. .wrapper { display: grid; grid-template-columns: 1fr 1fr 1fr; }
  15. 15. Grid Layout I am positioning my elements using CSS Grid Layout line-based positioning. Setting a column and a row line using the grid- column and grid-row properties. li:nth-child(1) { grid-column: 3 / 4 ; grid-row: 2 / 3; } li:nth-child(2) { grid-column: 1 / 2; grid-row: 2 / 3; } li:nth-child(3) { grid-column: 1 / 2; grid-row: 1 / 2; } li:nth-child(4) { grid-column: 2 / 3; grid-row: 1 / 2; }
  16. 16. CSS Grid automatic placement http://www.w3.org/TR/2015/WD-css-grid-1-20150917/#grid-auto- flow-property https://rachelandrew.co.uk/archives/2015/04/14/grid-layout- automatic-placement-and-packing-modes/
  17. 17. Grid Layout When using automatic placement we can create rules for items in our document - for example displaying portrait and landscape images differently. .wrapper { display: grid; grid-template-columns: 1fr 1fr 1fr 1fr; grid-template-rows: auto; } .landscape { grid-column-end: span 2; }
  18. 18. grid-auto-flow The default value of grid-auto-flow is sparse. Grid will move forward planning items skipping cells if items do not fit .
  19. 19. Grid Layout With a dense packing mode grid will move items out of source order to backfill spaces. .wrapper { display: grid; grid-template-columns: 1fr 1fr 1fr 1fr; grid-template-rows: auto; grid-auto-flow: dense; } .landscape { grid-column-end: span 2; }
  20. 20. grid-auto-flow With grid-auto-flow dense items are displayed out of source order. Grid backfills any suitable gaps.
  21. 21. Power and responsibility • Good = creating the most accessible source order and using Grid or Flexbox to get the optimal display for each device. • Bad = using Grid or Flexbox as an excuse to forget about the source. • Terrible - stripping out semantic elements to make everything a grid or flex item.
  22. 22. https://drafts.csswg.org/css-flexbox/#order-accessibility Authors must use order only for visual, not logical, reordering of content. Style sheets that use order to perform logical reordering are non-conforming.
  23. 23. Control of alignment
  24. 24. CSS Box Alignment Module Level 3 “This module contains the features of CSS relating to the alignment of boxes within their containers in the various CSS box layout models: block layout, table layout, flex layout, and grid layout.” - https://drafts.csswg.org/css-align/
  25. 25. Vertically centre ALL THE THINGS!
  26. 26. Default alignment Used by the justify-items and align-items properties. The align-items and justify-items properties set the default align- self and justify-self behavior of the items contained by the element.
  27. 27. Flexbox The value of align-items is stretch by default. If I add extra text in one navigation point the others all take the same height. nav ul{ display: flex; justify-content: space-around; flex-direction: row; align-items: stretch; }
  28. 28. Flexbox If I set the value of align- items to center then we get vertical centring. nav ul{ display: flex; justify-content: space-around; flex-direction: row; align-items: center; }
  29. 29. Self alignment justify-self and align-self properties. The justify-self and align-self properties control alignment of the box within its containing block.
  30. 30. Flexbox You can use the align-self and justify-self properties to target individual flex items. In this example I have set the group to centre, but the third item to stretch. nav ul{ display: flex; justify-content: space-around; flex-direction: row; align-items: center; } nav li:nth-child(3) { align-self: stretch; }
  31. 31. Box alignment in CSS Grid Layout
  32. 32. Grid Layout Creating a grid with the align-items property set to centre. All items will be centered inside their grid area. .wrapper { display: grid; align-items: center; grid-template-columns: repeat(5, 150px 10px) 150px; grid-template-rows: 150px 10px 150px 10px 150px 10px 150px; } .a { grid-column: 1 / 4; grid-row: 1 / 4; } .b { grid-column: 5 / 8; grid-row: 1 / 4; } .c { grid-column: 1 / 4; grid-row: 5 / 10; } .d { grid-column: 5 / 8; grid-row: 5 / 10; } .e { grid-column: 9 / 12; grid-row: 1 / 10; }
  33. 33. http://gridbyexample.com/examples/#example24
  34. 34. Grid Layout Creating a grid with the justify-items property set to centre. All items will be centered horizontally inside their grid area. .wrapper { display: grid; justify-items: center; grid-template-columns: repeat(5, 150px 10px) 150px; grid-template-rows: 150px 10px 150px 10px 150px 10px 150px; } .a { grid-column: 1 / 4; grid-row: 1 / 4; } .b { grid-column: 5 / 8; grid-row: 1 / 4; } .c { grid-column: 1 / 4; grid-row: 5 / 10; } .d { grid-column: 5 / 8; grid-row: 5 / 10; } .e { grid-column: 9 / 12; grid-row: 1 / 10; }
  35. 35. http://gridbyexample.com/examples/#example25
  36. 36. Grid Layout As with flexbox we can use align-self and justify- self to target individual grid items. .a { grid-column: 1 / 4; grid-row: 1 / 4; align-self: stretch; } .b { grid-column: 5 / 8; grid-row: 1 / 4; align-self: end; } .c { grid-column: 1 / 4; grid-row: 5 / 10; align-self: start; } .d { grid-column: 5 / 8; grid-row: 5 / 10; align-self: center; } .e { grid-column: 9 / 12; grid-row: 1 / 10; }
  37. 37. http://gridbyexample.com/examples/#example26
  38. 38. Responsive by default
  39. 39. Ethan Marcotte, Fluid Grids “… every aspect of the grid—and the elements laid upon it—can be expressed as a proportion relative to its container.”
  40. 40. target ÷ context = result h1 { margin-left: 14.575%; /* 144px / 988px = 0.14575 */ width: 70.85%; /* 700px / 988px = 0.7085 */ }
  41. 41. Flexbox The most simple flexbox example demonstrates the inherent flexibility. The items will be displayed as a row, with equal space between each item. nav ul{ display: flex; justify-content: space-between; }
  42. 42. The flex property • flex-grow - add space • flex-shrink - remove space • flex-basis - the initial size before any growing or shrinking
  43. 43. https://drafts.csswg.org/css-flexbox/#flex-components Authors are encouraged to control flexibility using the flex shorthand rather than with its longhand properties directly, as the shorthand correctly resets any unspecified components to accommodate common uses.
  44. 44. Flexbox flex: 1 1 200px; flex-grow: 1 flex-shrink: 1; flex-basis: 200px; The initial width of our box is 200 pixels, however it can grow larger and shrink smaller than 200 pixels. .boxes { display: flex; justify-content: space-around; } .box { flex: 1 1 200px; min-width: 1px; }
  45. 45. Flexbox flex: 1 1 200px; flex-grow: 1 flex-shrink: 1; flex-basis: 200px; If we allow the flex items to wrap we can see how flex-basis works by dragging the window smaller. .boxes { display: flex; flex-flow: row wrap; justify-content: space-around; } .box { flex: 1 1 200px; min-width: 1px; }
  46. 46. Flexbox flex: 0 1 200px; flex-grow: 0 flex-shrink: 1; flex-basis: 200px; The initial width of our box is 200 pixels, it can shrink smaller than 200 pixels but may not get larger. .boxes { display: flex; justify-content: space-around; } .box { flex: 0 1 200px; min-width: 1px; }
  47. 47. Flexbox flex: 1 1 200px; flex-grow: 1; flex-shrink: 1; flex-basis: 200px; .box3 has been set to flex: 0 1 200px; so cannot grow. .boxes { display: flex; justify-content: space-around; } .box { flex: 1 1 200px; min-width: 1px; } .box3 { flex: 0 1 200px; }
  48. 48. Flexbox If we set box3 to
 flex-grow: 2 This box will be assigned twice of much of the available free space after we have reached the 200 pixel initial width. .boxes { display: flex; justify-content: space-around; } .box { flex: 1 1 200px; min-width: 1px; } .box3 { 2 1 200px; }
  49. 49. http://madebymike.com.au/demos/flexbox-tester/
  50. 50. The CSS Grid Layout fr unit
  51. 51. Grid Layout I am creating three grid column tracks, all 1fr in width. This gives me three equally sized column tracks. .wrapper { display: grid; grid-template-columns: 1fr 1fr 1fr; }
  52. 52. Grid Layout If I create the first column as 600 pixels and then have two 1fr columns the 600 pixel track is removed from the available space and the remainder is distributed equally between the two columns. .wrapper { display: grid; grid-template-columns: 600px 1fr 1fr; }
  53. 53. Grid Layout With a 600 pixel column, a 1fr and a 3fr column. The 600 pixels is removed from the available space then the remaining space is divided by 4. The 1fr column gets 25% and the 3fr column 75%. .wrapper { display: grid; grid-template-columns: 600px 1fr 3fr; }
  54. 54. http://alistapart.com/article/holygrail Three columns. One fixed-width sidebar for your navigation, another for, say, your Google Ads or your Flickr photos—and, as in a fancy truffle, a liquid center for the real substance.
  55. 55. Grid Layout CSS Grid “Holy Grail” using grid-template- areas. //css .header { grid-area: header;} .footer { grid-area: footer;} .side1 { grid-area: nav;} .side2 { grid-area: ads;} .content { grid-area: content;} .wrapper { display: grid; grid-template-columns: 300px 20px 1fr 20px 300px; grid-template-rows: auto; grid-template-areas: "header header header header header" "nav ...... content ...... ads" "footer footer footer footer footer" ; } //html <div class="wrapper"> <header class="header">This is the header</header> <article class="content"></article> <div class="side1"></div> <div class="side2"></div> <footer class="footer"></div> </div>
  56. 56. http://caniuse.com/#feat=flexbox
  57. 57. http://caniuse.com/#search=grid%20layout
  58. 58. CSS Grid Layout • Early implementation in IE10, 11 and current Edge • Implementation of most of the current spec behind a flag in Blink • Prefixed in Webkit Nightlies • Partial implementation in Firefox Nightlies • Edge have updating to current spec as ‘High Priority’ on the backlog
  59. 59. http://gridbyexample.com
  60. 60. Thank you Slides & Code: 
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